Microsoft finally kills off the Kinect, but the tech will live on in other devices

 Microsoft’s Kinect had a rapid ascent and slow, sputtering demise — it was an inelegant end, as the company couldn’t find a permanent spot for the once revolutionary accessory. Now Microsoft is finally ready to put the final nail in that coffin. Kinect creator Alex Kipman and Xbox GM Matthew Lapsen told Fast Co. that the company is finally end-of-lifing the peripheral, after… Read More

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Standalone Kinect For Xbox One Will Go On Sale October 7 For $149.99

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 9.26.07 AM Starting October 7, consumers who opted to buy an Xbox One without a Kinect will be able to snag one for $ 149.99.
Microsoft unbundled the Kinect device from the Xbox One in a bid to lower the price of its current-generation console. Since then, according to the company, Xbox One sales have increased by more than 100 percent.
The Xbox One is part of Microsoft’s larger Windows strategy… Read More

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Developers Look To Create Transparency With Microsoft Kinect V2

This robotic hand uses the Kinect V2 sensors to mimic precise movements. The team suggested remote surgeries via the Kinect as a possible use for it. At NUI Central’s Kinect for Windows Hackathon, a projector on the ceiling creates an image of sand and shrubbery on the ground. The terrain is supposed to be Afghanistan. After walking around on the small projected space expecting nothing to happen, a boom and a white flash hit my senses. I stepped on a land mine, or at least that’s what the app, Sweeper, wants me to think. Read More

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Developers Can Now Pre-Order The New Kinect For Windows Sensor For $199

Kinect for Windows Today, Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows team announced that developers can pre-order the next-generation Kinect for Windows sensor from the Microsoft Store for $ 199 and receive it in July, “a few months ahead of general availability of sensors and the SDK.” The sensor, which is the same one that’s come with every Xbox One sold so far, is available for pre-order in… Read More

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